Salad greens are a staple in daily meals. From sandwiches, as a side, and, often, with a handful of other ingredients as a full meal, salad. Growing your own lettuce indoors with an Aerogarden Purchase a seed kit and follow the instructions to plant it. Add water when the water. : AeroGarden Salad Greens Mix Seed Pod Kit (7-Pod): Vegetable 3) Growing Guide with step-by-step instructions; For use in all AeroGardens.
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Salad greens are a staple in daily meals.
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From sandwiches, as a side, and, often, with a handful of other ingredients as a full meal, salad greens are versatile and delicious. Growing greens at home, all year round is so much better than store-bought for a variety of reasons. In our studies, lettuce grown in the AeroGarden averaged 3 times the vitamin C of a wide variety of conventionally and organically grown lettuces available at the store.
Compare that to salad greens that stay alive on the plant until right before you eat!
If you like iceberg, or romaine, or maybe a greens mix, you are set. Spicy, horseradishy cress is delicious on roast beef sandwiches or in stir fries. Or, try Chinese cabbage in soups.
Growing Salad Greens in an Indoor Garden
Arugula, grown on your desktop can make a wickedly spicy snack in the middle of the afternoon. And growing your own salads opens up the whole world of greens as possibilities. A recent Center for Disease control study http: Since when did salad become unhealthy?
When you grow your greens at home you know where they have been, what has or has not! While it loves cool weather, it needs lots of direct light to produce big yields.
It extends harvest periods for months! To see the difference that light makes, look at these two photos of lettuce with good light, and lettuce that is struggling to find enough.
That said, what kind of light is best for lettuce? Big lights like HPS or metal halide tend to run too hot and the color spectrum tends toward the red, which causes lettuce to bolt.
The best known medium is, of course, dirt. Hydroponic media range from clay pebbles to gravel to peat-based sponges to systems that have almost no media, like raft hydroponics or the AeroGarden. The main advantage of instrucrions with soil-based media is found in their simplicity.
You drop seeds in, keep it moist, and up come plants. Included among the downsides to dirt are: Hydroponics is great for lettuce. As you can see in this video, hydroponics provides about a 3X boost in growth rates compared to growing in soil. In these systems, a raft of foam is floated on top of a nutrient reservoir.
Raft systems are easy to build and a great intro to hydroponics. A final advantage to hydroponics is just the ease of watering. We move from too cold to too hot almost overnight. Greens in general are early season, cool weather crops — you can plant them outdoors and they will live under light snows.
But they absolutely hate the heat. Those tender leaves quickly turn stiff and bitter when temperatures rise near The short season in Colorado is one reason to grow most greens indoors, year round.
Move your garden to a cooler room for best results. They move from tender sweet butterheads, to crispy romaines, earthy arugulas to spicy, textured cresses. Our highest yielding seed kit in the AeroGarden is the Salad Greens kit. You can literally start to harvest for sandwiches in about 2. Our custom kit choice lets you grow all our varieties to see which ones you like best, or create your own custom mixes.
AeroGardens all grow greens well, but for highest output, always use one of our Ultra or Extra gardens. Current AeroGarden pods available include:. How to Grow Salad Greens Indoors For maximum yields of fresh greens in your indoor garden, pay attention to four key factors: Current AeroGarden pods available include: